November 29, 1984 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Bob Backlund & Jimmy Snuka explain their new alliance.

We all had questions we wanted answered, and we didn't have to wait long to get those answers as Jimmy Snuka and the new World champion Bob Backlund kicked off the show, having to dodge trash as they got into the ring in the Boston Garden. Backlund took the lead and said that he knew everyone was wondering why Backlund & Snuka, two mortal enemies, have joined forces. He said he didn't owe anyone an explanation, but he would give one anyway. Backlund said that he hates Snuka's guts, and that Snuka hates his guts. But even though they hate each other, they respect each other. After the battles they've had, there has to be a level of respect there. Backlund said that he was a 2-time former World champion, Snuka a former 1-time champ, and yet all of the attention was going to guys like Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, & Ricky Steamboat. Backlund revealed that he arranged a secret meeting with the Superfly and they decided it was time to take what was theirs. Snuka was getting ready to speak, but that was when RHODES & STEAMBOAT dashed to the ring, chasing Backlund & Snuka out of it. Rhodes & Steamboat are clearly mad as hell about what these two have done, injuring Stan Hansen and stealing the World Title with their unholy alliance. These two sides would meet in a tag match in our main event.

Bret Hart pinned Jim Powers after a flying dropkick in 0:03:37.
Rating: ** 1/2

Bret Hart is clearly a talented wrestler, but he needs to start picking up some victories if he is going to make it in this business. You can't pay your bills with potential, and the Hitman took a step in the right direction with a victory over the spunky Jim Powers. Powers hasn't been able to recapture the magic that earned him a GCW contract. Bret showed a ton of skill tonight in winning with a flying dropkick. We'll see if this win is enough to propel the Hitman in the right direction.

Barry Windham defeated Nikolai Volkoff by disqualification in 0:06:40.
Rating: * 1/2
[Dino Bravo interfered against Barry Windham.]

Barry Windham was going out as a singles wrestler for the first time with his former partner, Mike Rotundo, going off for more training. Windham had his first singles match against an old foe, Nikolai Volkoff of the Foreign Legion. Windham showed flashes of brilliance, but he was on the receiving end of more offense than he dished out. Still, Windham did get himself in a position to possibly win, wanting to hit a flying clothesline. He was caught off by the interfering DINO BRAVO, who clubbed the youngster down with a forearm and then dropped him with the Side Suplex! This was a dangerous situation for the rookie as the former tag team champions were looking to put Windham out of commission. Volkoff put Windham in the Bearhug when a man ran out from the back and nailed Bravo with a hard right hand and then tossed him over the top. Volkoff got this man from behind with a shot to the back of the head, but Windham recovered to help this man out. The duo threw Volkoff into the ropes and hit the Russian with a double dropkick, causing Volkoff to roll out of the ring. We later discovered Windham's savior was TED DIBIASE. DiBiase said that he was sent by Windham's father to keep an eye on him in GCW. Windham & DiBiase will team up for the first time against Bravo & Volkoff on December 22 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated The Heenan Family (King Kong Bundy and Nick Bockwinkel) when R. Rougeau defeated Bundy by disqualification in 0:03:28.
Rating: * 3/4

Ted DiBiase wouldn't be the only man to make a debut tonight in Boston as we had the debut of a brand new tag team from north of the border, Jacques & Raymond Rougeau, the Rougeau Brothers. They wouldn't have an easy debut by any means, taking on Nick Bockwinkel & King Kong Bundy of the Heenan Family. The Rougeaus looked great early on. As brothers, their tag team skills are naturally strong - after all, they've known each other their entire lives. As Jacques & Raymond kept showing Bockwinkel & Bundy up, Bobby Heenan decided it was time to teach them a lesson. When Bundy got in the ring, he immediately went on the attack on Raymond, smashing him in the corner with an avalanche. Bundy kept striking Raymond in the corner, ignoring referee Dick Kroll's telling him to stop. Kroll disqualified the Heenan Family, but Bundy was out for blood. He went for one more avalanche, but Jacques pulled his brother out of the way and Bundy crashed into the turnbuckle! Bockwinkel ran in at Jacques, but Jacques lowered his shoulder and backdropped the former Intercontinental champion out of the ring. Bundy stumbled out of the corner, only to be caught in the chops with a double dropkick that sent him through the ropes. This is not the message that Bobby Heenan was looking to send. His team will have another chance to do that

Junkyard Dog pinned Tully Blanchard with the Thump Powerslam in 0:04:52.
Rating: ** 1/4

Tully Blanchard was in full cocky mode tonight, as he is wont to do. Junkyard Dog was not the right person to go into a match with that attitude tonight. JYD is a very prideful man, and not someone you want to try to show off with your strutting and your arrogance. Because quite frankly, JYD is a man who can return that cockiness right back to you. JYD mocked Blanchard at every turn, doing Tully's little strut and dancing any time he got the better of Blanchard. Bobby Heenan kept complaining to the referee as if JYD was cheating, which was both ridiculous and entertaining at the same time. Blanchard was completely out of his game as he's not used to having his tactics thrown back in his face, and it led to him being pinned with the Thump Powerslam.

Larry Zbyszko pinned Don Muraco with the Crunch Time in 0:08:55.
Rating: ***

Larry Zbyszko is just not himself these days. Or maybe this is exactly who he has always been. Either way, the Cruncher is not somebody pleasant to be around. He has an unhealthy obsession with beating Bob Backlund, and to date, he has come up short each time he has faced him. Zbyszko has taken out that aggression on other opponents, doing well for himself in matches against wrestlers not named Bob Backlund. "The Magnificent" Don Muraco was the opponent tonight, and Mr. Fuji had him primed and ready for the smashmouth attack of the Cruncher. Muraco's biggest asset is his strength, and he used it very well against Zbyszko, hitting many bodyslams and a big backbreaker for a 2 count. Zbyszko will fight dirty though, and that's how he got back into the match, using eye gouges, hair pulls, and any other brawling tactic he could muster. That being said, the bout was evenly contested and it came down to who could hit the big move. That would be Zbyszko, ducking under a Muraco clothesline and dropping him with the Crunch Time. Zbyszko keeps winning (in matches not against Backlund).

The North-South Connection (Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) when Adonis defeated Dynamite Kid by countout in 0:06:59.
Rating: * 3/4

The North-South Connection made it known at our last show that they have eyes on the World Tag Team Titles, but they would still have to climb up the ladder if they wanted to get that title shot. A win over the British Bulldogs would be a good start, but that is much easier said than done. Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid are considered the future of tag team wrestling by many experts, using a phenomenal combination of speed and power to keep opposing squads off their game. Adonis & Murdoch have that experience that is hard to account for though, and they showed how sinister they could be to finish this match. Dynamite Kid had hit Adonis with a suplex on the floor and tossed him back in the ring. Adonis grabbed a hold of referee Tommy Young and complained that his back was severely injured. While Adonis had Young's full attention, Murdoch sneaked around the ring, picked Dynamite up, and dropped him throat first on the steel guardrail! Dynamite was clutching his throat and couldn't get himself back in the ring in time, giving the North-South Connection a countout win.

Bad News Brown pinned Tony Atlas after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:07:42.
Rating: * 1/4

The previous match between these two beasts ended in a disqualification when Bad News Brown waffled Tony Atlas with a chair. The two went at it again, and it had the bad blood of a lengthy hate feud. Atlas is a proud man and if you do something like hit him with a chair, he is going to come at you and hard. Brown, on the other hand, is seemingly always in a bad mood. I don't think I have ever met a more surly individual in all my life. Nothing seems to make him happy, even beating up people which you would figure he would love. As long as Jim Cornette can keep his bodyguard well paid, he has a dangerous man on his hands. Atlas found that out in a big way here as Brown once again used a foreign object, but this time it was brass knuckles and they were used far more discreetly. Brown smashed Atlas in the jaw with the knux, made the cover, and won the match. Cornette jumped up and down like a madman while Brown just looked surly as ever. If Cornette can keep him under control, Brown is going be a force to be reckoned with in GCW.

The identity of Bruiser Brody's attacker is revealed.

Someone finally collected on the bounty that Bobby Heenan put on the head of Bruiser Brody, and we were about to learn the identity of the fireballer. The Brain came out first and had the briefcase with the cash in it, and he was beaming with pride and a smile from ear-to-ear. He introduced the man not only as the man to collect the bounty, but as the newest member of the Heenan Family, "HOT STUFF" EDDIE GILBERT! Gilbert strutted down to the ring and said the complexion of GCW has changed forever, as he was going to bring to GCW what it has been missing for a long time, and that's a legit bad ass. Heenan handed Gilbert the briefcase and shook his hand as they were rained down with boos. It looked like Heenan & Gilbert forgot one major thing though, and that was that BRUISER BRODY was in the building, and he was PISSED. Brody ran out like runaway train, flooring Gilbert with a big right hand that almost sent him over the top rope. Gilbert got back up and ate another right hand, and then a big boot to the face. Heenan hit Brody in the back with a weak forearm, but all it did was make Brody even madder. Brody stalked Heenan into the corner as the fans were practically begging him to knock the Brain's teeth out, but they wouldn't get that opportunity because Gilbert hit Brody in the back of the head with briefcase full of cash. Brody fell like a stone before Gilbert put his foot on Brody's chest and held the briefcase high above his head. Hot Stuff might be riding high right now, but we'll see how he's feeling on December 22 in MSG!

The Rock 'N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) when R. Gibson defeated Condrey by disqualification in 0:12:08.
Rating: * 1/2
(The Rock 'N Roll Express retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Bad News Brown interfered against Robert Gibson.]

The Rock 'N Roll Express shocked the world by becoming the World Tag Team champions in record time in Hartford, defeating Dino Bravo & Nikolai Volkoff in only 13 seconds to win the prestigious titles for the first time. There would be no rest for the wicked though as they put the titles on the line against their hated rivals, the Midnight Express. Jim Cornette has not yet managed a champion in GCW, and really, if he ever does, he is going to be even more annoying than he is now. This was his chance, and with his bodyguard Bad News Brown at ringside as well, the deck was definitely stacked against Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson. Not only that, but Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose are extremely talented as a team, and even without the outside distractions could win the titles on any given night. The match story was the Midnight Express trying to counteract the speed of the champs by keeping Morton in the ring and delivering a large amount of punishment. Morton would finally get himself free after ducking a clothesline and hitting a dropkick, making the hot tag to Gibson! Gibson came in a house of fire, using that adrenaline to stay a step ahead of Condrey & Rose. He hit them both with backdrops before calling for the Gibson Leglock on the Loverboy. Gibson would never get the chance to apply the hold because an overzealous BAD NEWS BROWN jumped in the ring and hit Gibson with the Ghetto Blaster. Morton tried to get in to help, but he met a Ghetto Blaster as well. The Midnight Express grabbed the World Tag Team Titles like they had just won them, and the situation could have ended up a lot worse for the Rock 'N Roll Express if it weren't for TONY ATLAS coming down, steel chair in hand, chasing everyone off. Condrey & Rose still had the tag team titles with them, even though they are NOT the champs. The Rock 'N Roll Express promised to get them back at the year-end show when they team up with Atlas to take on the Midnight Express & Bad News Brown.

Bob Backlund and Jimmy Snuka defeated Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes when J. Snuka pinned Steamboat after a flying headbutt in 0:14:40.
Rating: **** 1/4

Our main event featured a sight I never thought we would see again. Had you told me before that Bob Backlund & Jimmy Snuka would ever be wrestling on the same team, I would have told you that you were crazy. But yet, that is what we had tonight, the two going up against Dusty Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat. The American Dream & the Dragon were fired up, wrestling on pure emotion, which is both a positive and a negative. When you wrestle on pure emotion, the heart and can intensity that you show can help propel you through points in the match that might normally keep you down on the mat. On the flip side of that, emotion can make you prone to mistakes you wouldn't normally make, and that's what was happening with Rhodes & Steamboat. Backlund & Snuka are simply too good to make mistakes against. Backlund & Snuka, on the other hand, don't like each other, but they are wrestling with a common goal. Their tag skills looked to be as crisp as they ever had been when they were the best of friends. That tag team artistry of the World champion and the Superfly was in full display as Snuka had Dick Kroll's attention, allowing Backlund to sneak in and smash the Dragon in the face with the World Title. Rhodes jumped in the ring and tackled Backlund through the ropes, but Steamboat was out cold. Snuka hit a flying headbutt and and got the 1-2-3. This reformed alliance has already paid big dividends for these two. We'll see how much that comes into play at the year-end show, as these two huge matches have been signed: Ricky Steamboat defends the Intercontinental Title against Jimmy Snuka in a STEEL CAGE MATCH, while Bob Backlund puts the World Heavyweight Title on the line against Dusty Rhodes, and this match will have a special guest referee to be announced on December 22 in Madison Square Garden!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

12/22/84 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - New York, NY

WORLD TITLE - Bob Backlund (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes
The Rock 'N Roll Express/Tony Atlas vs. The Midnight Express/Bad News Brown
Bruiser Brody vs. Eddie Gilbert
Barry Windham/Ted DiBiase vs. Dino Bravo/Nikolai Volkoff
The Rougeau Brothers vs. Nick Bockwinkel/King Kong Bundy

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